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Grants to USA State and Local Agencies, Nonprofits, and For-Profits to Improve Commercial Licensing Procedures

Commercial Driver's License Program Implementation (CDLPI)


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Funding Source
United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) - Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
CFDA Number: 20.232
Funding or PIN Number: FM-CDL-23-001
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Important Dates
Deadline: 04/03/23 5:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA state and local agencies and nonprofit and for-profit organizations to improve licensing procedures for certain categories of drivers. Required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to reduce crashes and traffic fatalities through more stringent licensing and oversight of commercial bus and truck drivers.

The CDLPI program objective is to provide financial assistance to States and other eligible entities to improve the national CDL program. The national CDL program focuses on the concept that each driver has only one driving record and only one licensing document, commonly referred to as "One Driver — One License — One Record." Further, the national CDL program requires States to conduct knowledge and skills testing before issuing a Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) and/or CDL; to maintain a complete and accurate driver history record for anyone who obtains a CLP and/or CDL; and to impose driver disqualifications, as appropriate.

FMCSA provides financial assistance under the CDLPI financial assistance program to States to achieve compliance with statutory requirements and FMCSA regulations concerning driver's license standards and programs, namely 49 U.S.C. § 31311(a) and 49 CFR parts 383 and 384. In addition, FMCSA provides financial assistance to other entities capable of executing national projects that aid States in their compliance efforts and that will improve the success and consistency of the national CDL Program.

The FMCSA will award grants under this announcement in two categories: the CDLPI Basic Grants and CDLPI High Priority/Emerging Issues Grants.

  • CDLPI Basic Projects are only applicable to State agencies. Applications should support the development, implementation, and compliance sustainment with provisions in 49 CFR parts 383 and 384.
  • CDLPI High Priority/Emerging Issues Projects may be implemented by States, local governments, and other entities capable of executing national projects that aid States in their compliance efforts and improving the national CDL Program.

For further information on each category, see pp. 6-10 of the NOFO in Attached Files.

For a list of eligible program costs, see pp. 21-22 of the NOFO in Attached Files.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Small businesses
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
State Driver Licensing Agencies (SDLAs):
To be eligible for a Basic CDLPI category grant, SDLAs must:
a. Assume responsibility for adopting and administering State safety laws and regulations that are compatible with the Federal CDL requirements of 49 CFR parts 383 and 384;
b. Address outstanding findings discovered during Annual Program Reviews (APR) and Skills Testing Reviews (STR) in the self-assessment section of the application package; and
c. Comply with or be making a good faith effort toward substantial compliance with the requirements of 49 U.S.C. § 31311.

Other State Agencies (not SDLAs):
Applications received from other State agencies will be considered under Basic or High Priority/Emerging Issues projects. These agencies include the State courts, law enforcement and departments of transportation, and public, State, and private institutions of higher education.

Non-State Organizations:
Applications received from non-State organizations will be considered for High Priority/Emerging Issues funding. Non-State organizations eligible to apply include non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status, Federally recognized Native American tribal organizations, for-profit entities capable of executing national projects that aid SDLAs in their compliance efforts and improve the national CDL program, and local governmental agencies.

Applications for renewal or supplementation of existing awards are not eligible.

Individuals are not eligible to apply or receive grant funds under the CDLPI grant program.

For Funding Restrictions, see p. 21 of the NOFO in Attached Files.

Pre-Proposal Conference
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will be hosting a funding conference webinar for the following Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) posted on
FY 2023 Commercial Driver’s License Program Implementation (CDLPI)
Funding Opportunity Number: FM-CDL-23-001
CFDA: 20.232

Register today for the funding conference webinar on Wednesday, February 15, 2023 – 1:00 -2:30 PM EST.

Click here to register in ZOOM:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email.

Pre-Application Information
Application Due Date: April 3, 2023, by 5:00 p.m. ET

Note: Applicants for CDLPI funding must not include more than four (4) projects per application. FMCSA will not review or consider any projects beyond the maximum four projects per application.

The applicant must:
a. Be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) before submitting an application at https://www.; and
b. Obtain and use a unique entity identifier (UEI) created in

Applications must be submitted electronically via Please note the registration process in usually takes 2-4 business weeks to complete. FMCSA will not consider late applications due to failure to register or comply with requirements.

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For a list of relevant application documents, go to the Package tab (press Preview) on the link above.

Additional Funding Information

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Term of Contract
In accordance with 49 U.S.C. § 31104(f)(6), awarded funding is available for the fiscal year of award and the four succeeding years, but may be awarded for a shorter period.

The start date should be no later than the last day of the current fiscal year, September 30, 2023.

Contact Information
Financial application concerns:
Montika Brooks
(202) 366-8980

Programmatic application concerns:
Wendy Cunningham
(360) 481-4485

In the event of system problems or technical difficulties with the application submittal, please call 1-800-518-4726 or email 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (closed on Federal holidays).

U. S. Department of Transportation
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Grants Management Office (MC-BG)
1200 New Jersey Ave, SE, West Building
Washington, DC 20590

RFP & Supporting Documents
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